Patricia King gives rough figures of what could be lost to state in Revenue in construction as result of bogus self-employment – €240 million a year in PRSI and tax. Neither Department of Social Protection or Revenue gives any indication of caring much.
— Paul Murphy (@paulmurphy_TD) January 31, 2019
At a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions Patricia King (top) and the general secretary of the National Union of Journalists Seamus Dooley (above) addressed the matter of bogus self-employment.
The Irish Times reports:
Talks with State broadcaster RTÉ in relation to the employment status of more than 100 of its contractors have been “tortuous and extremely difficult”, the National Union of Journalists has said.
Séamus Dooley, the union’s general secretary, was giving evidence to the joint Oireachtas committee on employment affairs and social protection in relation to “bogus self employment” on Thursday.
Bogus self-employment occurs when workers who should be classified as employees are marked as self-employed, which can lead to benefits for employers who otherwise would have to pay PRSI and sick pay.
RTÉ last year agreed to review the employment status of 106 contractors after an independent report by law firm Eversheds Sutherland found that they have “attributes akin to employment”.
Mr Dooley said he would be meeting with senior management at RTÉ on Friday in relation to the matter. He described the period since the review by Eversheds Sutherland as “tortuous and extremely difficult”.
“I have spent more time in Montrose than any human being should be required to do,” he said, before criticising the culture of media “personalities” that are treated differently to other staff.
Previously: ‘I Don’t Want To Make Employers The Bad Guy’
Today at the employment Committee @irishcongress renewed its call for the enactment of new laws, like those contained in the @labour Bill which passed Second Stage last year to #EndBogusSelfEmployment. The govt’s softly-softly approach is allowing dodgy employers off the hook pic.twitter.com/nIw3TgSgzV
— Ged Nash (@geraldnash) January 31, 2019